Abby Glaser Children's Heart Fund
This fund, named in honor of a beautiful young girl who died of myocarditis, supports the studies of this disease. The goal of these studies is to identify the causes of myocarditis and to develop rapid diagnostic tests and new therapies to improve the outcome of this serious, life-threatening disease. To find out more information or to make a donation please visit the Abby's Run for the Heart web site.
Amanda McPherson Foundation
The Amanda McPherson Foundation was founded in memory of a little girl cherished by so many. Amanda passed away at the age of eight years old from viral myocarditis. She was known for her hugs and her fun, loving spirit. Although Amanda was born with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome and spent many years struggling to learn to walk and talk, she always tried her best and never complained. The foundation was created so that Amanda’s family and friends could remember and honor her by doing good things in her name. The foundation donates to Baylor College of Medicine in order to further research in the field of viral myocarditis. The foundation hopes that these funds will help researchers develop better diagnosis and treatment of this condition, so that fewer families will have to suffer such a tragic loss. For more information or to make a donation, please visit the Amanda McPherson Foundation web site.
The Family of John Welsh
The John Welsh Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory, which opened in 2002, was named in honor of John Welsh, who had been a significant supporter of our studies of pediatric heart disease. The laboratory is focused on the molecular diagnosis of the causes of myocarditis, fetal hydrops, and other inflammatory/viral diseases, as well as the genetic causes of cardiac disease. Currently, the laboratory offers diagnostic genetic testing for infantile cardiomyopathies and acquired viral heart disease.
The Family of Phoebe Willingham Muzzy
The Phoebe Willingham Muzzy Pediatric Molecular Cardiology Laboratory, named for a young girl with severe congenital heart disease, opened in 1989. The goal of this laboratory is to understand the molecular basis of sudden cardiac death, with emphasis on disorders of cardiac rhythm (arrhythmias) and heart muscle diseases (cardiomyopathies), as well as congenital heart disease and cardiac inflammation. The family continues to support the research pursued in this laboratory.
John "Patrick" Albright Foundation
This foundation, named after a young man with dilated cardiomyopathy, is focused on understanding the causes and mechanisms involved in dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure, particularly the genetic basis of this disease.